All one has to do is take a look over the score sheets of the December BR Tournament from this past weekend and I’m sure your reaction was like mine: “Wow!”
Daniel Keller of Slidell posted a 300 in the round eight, a 299 in the semifinals and needed every bit of a 288 in the final game to ensure the championship of this event and the first prize check of $2,711 from an entry of 399 bowlers.
Keller beat a former winner Nickey McClantoc of Mobile in the two-game match for the title 488-471. Both bowlers came in with big averages that set up a no-handicap match and McClantoc had a 205-200 advantage after the first game. Then the fireworks started.
McClantoc followed up with a 266 game in the finale, but Keller posted 288 to get the win. McClantoc took home a nice check of $1,355.50.
In the semis, Keller spotted 97 pins handicap to Neil Gaspard of Lafayette and needed everything he could get, shooting 299 in the second game to win 514-472. McClantoc got through a low-scoring 392-335 match against scratch bowler Nelson Manuel of Lake Charles. Gaspard and Manuel won $569.31 for making the next-to-last round.
John Amedee of Baton Rouge, Temple Bourgeois of New Orleans and Richard Neucere of Baton Rouge made the quarterfinals, each earning $379.54. While Baton Rouge bowlers Curt Dupre, Roderick LaDuff, Myles Renfrow and Jason Webb and Lafayette’s Frank Melder made the round of 16 for $216.88.
So another chapter in the long history of this event ends with some spectacular bowling in the final rounds. The next BR singles will be in March.
Turkey day results
It was a unique format and for a first-time roll, the 4-Day Thanksgiving No-Tap Tournament had over 70 entries and paid out over $1,600. I would say it’s a keeper for future Thanksgiving weekends at All-Star Lanes. Maybe it comes out at some other holidays, we will see.
Jerry Conard won the top prize in the elimination finals and the first prize of $560. The runner-up in the final match was Brian Yoches, earning $280. Gregory Snee, Jr., and Keith Corkern won $135 each for making the semifinals, while David McCord, Mike Landry, Gary Williams and Chad Allen cashed for $65 for making the round of eight.
The Tulane bowling team last month won its first tournament in its fourth year of existence, taking the title at the Alabama State Hornets Classic in Montgomery. Tulane beat UAB in the final round to take the title.
Junior Hannah Ryan earned all-tournament honors by placing second overall. She rolled an average of 210.8.
Then in Huntsville, Texas, sophomore Angela Falgoust of Baton Rouge placed 11th out of 117 bowlers in the individual standings with a 200.1 average, including a career best 241.
Women’s state deadline
The Louisiana State Women’s Bowling Association will gather beginning Jan. 24 for the 67th annual championship tournament at Petro Bowl in Lake Charles. The tournament will run the weekends of Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8, Feb. 21-22, Feb. 28-March 1.
The most important thing is that entries close on Dec. 15 so now is the time to get the team together and get the entry blank into Association Manager Susie Brown.
Entry blanks are available at the bowling centers.
Tyler Wright had the best set of 803 with a 299 game, while Joe Stafford, Robert Blackwell and Charles Gipson each had 300 games. Kim Springfield’s 694 was the best series for the ladies, while Cullen Vincellette had a youth best of 580 and Gary Zeringue shot 677 for the best senior score. Jeanette Connor had 601 on the women’s senior side.
Junior bowler Nik Michael had 561, 100 pins over his 147 average. Senior bowler Bill Reid posted 50 pins over average.
Remember the bowling telecasts of the World Series of Bowling begin Sunday at noon on ESPN. Back with you on Dec. 23. Until then, good luck and good bowling.